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2005 Stories by Dave Herrera

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  • Redline Defiance

    published September 1, 2005

    On its debut, Last of the Cellophane, Redline Defiance sounds like Incubus -- a lot like Incubus. Nonetheless, anything the disc... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published September 1, 2005

    "Looking back," Donovan Welsh allows, "it took balls or stupidity, knowing what we know now." That's how the bassist, just back from a... More >>

  • Boney James

    published August 25, 2005

    I'm not a morning person. Quite frankly, I'm homicidal before noon. As much as I love Slayer and the Geto Boys, their music is the last thing I... More >>

  • The Dan Band

    published August 25, 2005

    Dan Finnerty is living the dream. His old lady, Kathy Najimy, is a semi-famous Hollywood starlet; he fronts a band named after himself and jets... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published August 25, 2005

    Scott Stevens insists that he's no longer bothered about being overlooked in his home town. But there's an acerbic undertone to his words... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published August 18, 2005

    The title of Jett Black's latest disc, To Hell and Back, might as well be a direct reference to frontman Jeff Arnold's life over the... More >>

  • More Than Medium

    published August 18, 2005

    Pristinely recorded at the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, More Than Medium's eponymous debut is as polished and by-the-numbers radio-friendly as... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published August 18, 2005

    From the moment my head hits the pillow until I drift off into the tranquil land of all-you-can-eat pizza served up by Kathy Sabine in a... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published August 11, 2005

    "When I first read it, I laughed," says Scott LaBarbera. "Then I got mad. It was just full of inaccuracies. But I understand that they're... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published August 4, 2005

    When Alf greets me at the rear entrance of the Deathstar and leads me up to KTCL's studio, where he hosts Locals Only, he looks... More >>

  • Under the Influence

    published August 4, 2005

    When we first started playing," Ben Gun remembers, "we started getting labeled 'stoner rock,' and we were all kind of like, 'We don't want to be... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published July 28, 2005

    "It's like I'm looking at this spaceship sitting on this tarmac, and we're all tied together, connected to this cable, and we can hear the... More >>

  • The Bravery

    published July 21, 2005

    The Bravery was recently provoked into a well-publicized feud by the leader of its fellow new-wave-cannibalizing nemesis, the Killers. Apparently,... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published July 21, 2005

    Back in 1983, Blackie Lawless claimed to be an animal who fucked like a beast. But today, it seems that the W.A.S.P. frontman is really just an... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published July 14, 2005

    DJ Vajra is surprisingly stoic when I inform him that he has no talent. "I'm not really insulted by that," the DJ responds. "I try not... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published July 7, 2005

    When everything's going well, people often say they're fat and happy. I'm convinced, however, that this is categorically impossible. Those who are... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published June 30, 2005

    A few weeks ago, a radio host likened the Westword Music Showcase, which took place this past Saturday in the Golden Triangle, to a " mini-South... More >>

  • RRAAHH Potential

    published June 23, 2005

    In a tiny, cramped bedroom studio in east Denver, producer/MC Solpowa scrolls through beats on his computer while his cohort, MC Fist of Fury, aka... More >>

  • Foo Fighters

    published June 16, 2005

    Perhaps the only thing more self-indulgent than issuing a double album is planning a surprise party for yourself and then feigning astonishment... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published June 16, 2005

    "People pay me well to work them out, and then they avoid me," Christophe Cranberri says with a laugh. "You can tell me your goal is to... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published June 9, 2005

    Before noon on most days, I'm dead. Dead, but still breathing. And as long as I keep offering up "fresh meat" to Maris the Great, the... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published May 26, 2005

    "We started out as a rhythm-and-blues/blues cover band," recalls Todd Park Mohr. "It was basically a hobby. It was fun. We were too... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published May 19, 2005

    Looking at John Huntington, you'd never guess that he's one of the hottest nightclub promoters in the country. Clad in a plain white... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published May 12, 2005

    "What the hell you writing down there, my friend? You're not one of those freaks writing down everything I do, are you?" Guilty as charged,... More >>

  • Team Sleep

    published May 5, 2005

    Over the years, the thing that's kept the Deftones from being cast as an also-ran in the nu-metal franchise has been Chino Moreno's subversive... More >>

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